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    Hi guys,

    Well, this weekend I put my mats in and fitted my parrot MK6100, the map lights and sunglasses holder. Sadly ran out of time to do the rear lights, which will have to wait until another day.

    Apart from having some 'fun' with the passenger sun visor clip (see other thread) I had a bit of a surprise when I took the old light console and dash to pieces. The car had an existing Bury in-car phone kit installed! The control box was mounted to (screwed into) the little scuttle panel on the left behind the glove compartment, there was a loom extension with the wires coming off for the control box, a Inkars mount with phone cradle attached just shoved in behind the air-con controls, the wire for the mic up in the ultrasonic alarm sensors (the mic just cut off) and an aerial somewhere in the rear roof lining (I didn't get as far as fully removing it so just cut it off at the C pillar and will do so when I install the rear lights). Apart from asking myself why it had been hidden rather than just left in place or removed*, this took an extra hour of undoing electrical tape, removing and replacing trim and stripping out wires from the old kit. Incidentally, the bracket is identical to the one I just bought for £10.99 off eBay (see my garage), so if anyone wants to buy this one, make me an offer!

    * this explains why, when I test-drove and looked over the car, the storage tray underneath the air-con controls wasn't seated correctly.

    Anyway, fitting the parrot was easy and there's loads more space behind the dash than there was in my old Volvo S80. Apart from the sun visor issue (which I probably could have got away without removing) the microphone was easy to put in as well, taping the wire well away from the A pillar airbags. The only tricky bit was getting the wires for the control display from the bottom of the driver's A pillar to the parrot unit as the connectors are a bit chunky and I had to take the lower driver's dash panel out to get them across with out lacerating my hands. Once through it was an easy job to pull all the wires from the audio loom/SOT-122 through to behind the glove box/hazard switch and connect the switched live cable to the hand fly lead left from the previous car kit install.

    The map lights and sunglasses holder was an easy fit (though it took me a few seconds to work out how to disconnect the ultrasonic sensors from the connection block (it just folds up and the plug pulls out while you hold back one of the clip arms).

    Will add some pictures this evening/tomorrow.

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    Some pics as promised, map-lights and sunglasses holder first...

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/album.php?albumid=45

    Does that work for everyone, or do I need to post individual photos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie View Post
    Some pics as promised, map-lights and sunglasses holder first...

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/album.php?albumid=45

    Does that work for everyone, or do I need to post individual photos?
    very interesting thread. but unfortunately i cant see the pics

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    good pics mate , looks really good

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    Does that mean only full members can see the album then? I thought if I made them 'public' everyone could see them.

    How about if I post individual pics? Can you see this?



    Before - the existing single-button light and blanking plate.

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    Here's the rest of the pics from the map-lights/sunglasses upgrade. Click on the thumbnails to see the full-size (well, largest allowed on here ) images:


    with the blanking plate removed.

    cover off, 3 torx screws allowing removal of module.

    unit removed and wire loom hanging down.

    The new module (part no: 24447860)

    Connecting the ultrasonic sensors

    Close-up of connecting the ultrasonic sensors

    The new module screwed into place

    The finished product - map lights (and new sunglasses drop-down). Also my parrot mike.

    Will do parrot next in the Electrical & ICE (including SatNav) section...

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    Looks good mate.

    Would you be able to tell me what bulbs (bulb number/type) that are in the courtesy light (picture 2)?

    Cheers

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    Think they're the standard exterior/interior little 12v5W bulbs used in many cars for sidelight etc. I've got one in the garage somewhere, I'll have look for a code.

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    I can't see any pictures. Ollie, did you have anything inserted in the old Bury cradle? Maybe it was a bluetooth receiver in it, 'cause I've heard that there is something that can fit into the cradle. I was looking for a bluetooth receiver that fits into my Bury cradle (it's for Nokia 6230 and all the Nokias that use the same socket as 6230).

    Also, I entered your garage and saw the position of the Parrot. Doesn't it get in the way of the passenger's knee? I know I had it in the same position, so I made a metal plate and moved it: http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...50#post1145650
    Last edited by Lao; 21st January 2010 at 11:57.

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    Hmm... you're a 'regular' member and can't see the photos (posted from my album) but can access the garage and see the pics in there?!

    I used the albums on here because photobucket is blocked at work (so I can't upload any images to there or see any that are on there) and I can't access my personal domain via work either. Perhaps if I do the "add attachments" route in future? Or you could pay to become a full member?!

    The phone bracket (the parrot control unit is hidden inside the dash and the display is by the driver's A pillar) doesn't bother my wife - she has the seat back quite far and stretches her legs out. I sat in the passenger seat and I did knock it once but it was quite easy to sit so that didn't happen. I wouldn't want to block a vent though as it could interfere with the airflow in the cabin and annoy people that want to use it. Not sure about the Bury mount, it's in the garage, I can have a look and take a piccy to PM you if I think it might have.

    Parsco, I checked the bulb (which I see is also listed on this lightbulb thread), it's a W5W (no 501).

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